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After former NBA all star point guard, Derek Fishers contract as the president of the National Basketball Players Association expired just this summer, the hunt for a new face is on going and could very well be announced as early as this month during the NBAPA meeting out in Los Vegas.
Undoubtedly the best player in the NBA, Lebron James could very well be the new face of the NBAPA. James has stated at union meetings earlier in the year that the NBAPA needs to see some changes in the way the handle things. James who already has all the money, fame and everything else you could get from acquiring this position would obviously only be in it for the actual rights and needs of current and future players. Like fisher tried to do during the NBA lockout, which is actually when James started to pursue an interest in union politics during a few of the owner/player barging meetings.
Union Vice President Chris Paul, of the Los Angeles Clippers is a good friend of James and it seems like a perfect fit for them two to work side by side.
If Lebron does acquire the presidential position he would top the list as the highest income revenue player to hold a position within the union ever.
It’s going to be a big role for James to manage, especially with a lot on his mind with what he’ll end up doing after this season ends, when he has a player option and trying to accomplish a three-peat. He could stay with the dynasty that he has started and built down in Miami or he could take his talents somewhere else. But thats an entire different subject.

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Johnny Manziel Texas A&M quarterback has been in the media spot light a lot in the past year and it hasn’t all been for good reasons. Since being the only QB to manage to beat Alabama this season, and the only freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy the QB has made a name for himself and that comes with a lot of attention, maybe a little too much for Johnny Football to handle.
Manziel has found himself being criticized for every move he has made lately, whether it be because he got a Mercedes from his parents or getting thrown out of a frat party (which he was recently kicked out of). Many argue that some GM’s will pass on him because of his maturity, and how much negativity that the media is bringing out from Manziels life. He is a college student and if you think that no college kid drinks is ridiculous. I’m sorry to burst your bubble if you’re an adult but It even happens in high school and this is coming from a high school student who sees it first hand since some of my classmates like to publicly post it on every social network out there. If the spot light was on half of these players as much as Manziel has it on him, you would see how common these actions are from young adults because like everyone in college, he’s still developing. Yet, I don’t think it’s just about his maturity which as much as I hate to admit needs to change because since he’s in the spot light he needs portray himself better public, but not to please everyone but to do exactly what he wants which is to acquire a better draft stock and maybe get the media off his back for a little while. Plus, Manziel is in a position where he’s not only a leader and face of an organization but a role model to some younger children. So, I understand both sides of the argument here.
For example, oversleeping at the Manning Camp wasn’t the brightest idea but I honestly don’t think that all the blame should fall on his shoulders even if he might have drank and been hung over. AJ Maccarron was his room-mate and I feel like it is your duty to wake up your roommate if they have not done so by themselves. That was a really grimy move by Maccarron who I can only assume knew this would go in the media tried to boost his own draft stock by hurting Manziels.
But yes, Manziel needs to tighten up a little when it comes to his maturity level because when its time for you do to do something whether it be attending a frat party, going to a camp or even playing whats suppose to be a friendly game of golf. You know its time for a change when Manziels father, Paul Manziel says he has no interest in playing golf with Johnny because of his anger problems.
Even when asked on his sons drinking situation Paul said, “it could come unraveled. And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.” That’s why the media needs to stop making his public life private and let the family and school handle his situation before it gets out of hand because I can only imagine that if he does have a problem it’s because of all the stress the media has put on him and the pressure he has on him to succeed.


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What might as well be the greatest award show to any Sports fanatic anywhere from swimming to football is just around the corner.
The ESPYS which resembles the Oscars of sports are being held July 17th at 9pm eastern time and have a countless number of categories lets brake down some of them.
THE BEST MALE ATHLETE: There are four candidates and only one seems to make sense, Lebron James of the NBA champion Miami Heat. Miguel Cabrera seem to be the second logical choice but doesn’t really have the explosiveness in his sport that compares to Lebron’s popularity in the NBA. Adrian Peterson who came fresh off the season had a great season and it was even more remarkable since he came off a torn ACL but again, a player isn’t based just off individual success but team success, and where did the Vikings go this past season? And Finally, Michael Phelps as much as we have seen him win, Its Michael Phelps due to his recent problems he isn’t everyone’s favorite athlete. Thus, making Lebron the ideal Male Athlete to win this category.

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Unfortunately, I don’t have much insight in this category. Who I would like to win and who will probably win are two different people. Serena Williams will probably win because she is the most known out of all four of these candidates, but don’t get me wrong shes a phenomenal athlete I would just like to see Brittany Griner take home this award. Griner has had a lot more success lately compared to Serena who was recently eliminated from Wimbledon. and unfortunately, for the last two Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics) and Missy Franklin (Swimmer) don’t compete in sports that are as widely watched as compared to Tennis and Basketball. So I see Williams taking this one.

BEST TEAM: The choices are the US gymnastics team, The Francisco Giants, Alabama Crimson Tide football, The Baltimore Ravens, The Chicago Black hawks, The Miami Heat and finally the Oklahoma University softball. Now this is the trickiest one. I want to see the Miami Heat take this one but not because they are my favorite team but because they put biggest fight having not one but two game seven series in their Championship run. I’m sorry I’m biased but isn’t all media?

BEST COMEBACK: This one hands down has to go to the one and only Adrian Peterson. Although Peyton Manning is also coming off surgery, I don’t think it was as serious and career ending as Petersons torn ACL. Plus, Peterson had a lot more success and thats what counts. Mariano Rivera who is also coming off a torn ACL, doesn’t seem to have as big of an impact on the Yankees as Peterson had on the Vikings. And I don’t know who Buster Posey is to be honest, Iv heard the name but Iv never watched him.

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: It’s not doubt that it should go to….Colin Kaepernick. He had the biggest challenge of adjusting to the starting position as a QB and bringing the 49ers to the Superbowl and having an outstanding performance. Don’t get me wrong Russell Wilson is also another great candidate he led his team far but not as far, plus I just like Kaepernicks chances far better. Johnny Manziel did awesome too, but its college ball and you cant compare the college level to the pro level. and for Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig seaon isn’t over yet so how can you decide on that.

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: Now, Joe Flacco, Pablo Sandoval and Brad Keselowski are all great at what they do in the big games or races in Keselowskis case but its incomparable to the performance given to Lebron James. In my mind, Brad Keselowski is last in this because NASCAR although its a big sport its the smallest in this category. Joe Flacco only had one game to blow up so its not as in depth as Lebrons performance in a seven game series where he had to give his all every single second he was in. Pablo Sandoval doesn’t get my vote because I’m not as big of a baseball fan and I didn’t watch the World series because my Yankees weren’t in it. So lebron wins yet another trophy!

BEST GAME: Now this is probably the hardest one of them all. The Ravens vs Broncos isn’t really a contender because it wasn’t the Super Bowl. Now the Leafs vs Bruins game 7 and the Heat vs Spurs game 6 is a really tight one. Now both were extremely exciting, but game 6 of the NBA finals takes this home because it was a win or go home for the Heat and it went into overtime. There was so much on the line and it had such a big effect on the series. Now the Bruins and Leafs game 7 was just as good because it was a the biggest comeback I’ve ever seen and it grabbed everyone’s attention but it was only a first round game.

BIGGEST UPSET: Florida Gulf Coast University takes this one. A school that no one had ever heard of (except for us south Floridians) did the impossible they beat the number two seed Georgetown Hoyas. A team that was on no ones radar had beaten a team that most people had in their final four bracket. It completely blew everyone away and that’s what america likes to see an underdog win. That alone lets me give them the vote on Biggest Upset. Plus, it is very possible that this could be my future school after this year.

and Finally the BEST PLAY: Ray Allens 3 point play seals the deal. Although, Jadeveon Clowney’s Hit and
DeAndre Jordan’s Alley Oop were really the only contenders to Ray Allen they just didn’t have as big of impacts. Clowneys hit was remarkable and I feel bad for the man on the receiving end of it but it was a big hit they happen all the time in football. DeAndre Jordans dunk was outstanding probably better than most of Lebrons Dunks but it was on Brandon Knight and how many times is he going to be embarrassed in one season remember when Kyire Irving made him look like a fool during all-star weekend? Everything bad happens to that man. Plus, it was a play that didn’t have any effect other than hyping everyone up. Ray Allens shot was a last second desperation shot that gave the Heat a second chance in game 6 which they would end up winning and take them to game 7 which they would also win so if it wasn’t for that big time play by Ray Allen and Chris Bosh who rebounded the missed 3 point attempt by Lebron with the clock winding down the Miami Heat wouldn’t be the reigning NBA champions they are today.


With the thought of another series loss to the Spurs on Lebrons mind, there was no way in hell he was going to let that happen and he didn’t.
Lebron brought in not only his second straight Championship ring but his second straight MVP trophy last week when the NBA finals went to a game 7. The San Antonio Spurs were just to old and too tired after putting all their effort into a game 6 and trying to win it all. Lebron has stated that he thinks Ray Allen’s remarkable game 6 shot to force over time is a Jordan like moment. It was the play from James but also from role players that helped Miami win this tough fought series. Wade had this to say on the series, ” it was a tough series the spurs gave us a run for our money but we earned it.”
Now when it comes to how the Spurs should have handled the injury situation Of Tony Parker, he shouldn’t even had been playing with the chance of aggravating the injury he has suffered earlier in the series and possibly Tearing his hamstring, but then again he was a key part to their success in the series. This could have very likely the last time we could see the original big 3 ( Parker, Duncan, and Manu) together! It’s time for retirement.
As for everyone questioning the return of Miamis big 3, they will stay together I was able to talk to Dwayne wade at his camp at Nova Southeastern university and he said,”we like what we have in our guys we definitely are gonna keep us boys together but as for the rest of the team we are going to try our hardest to keep all of us together.” Ray Allen could have potentially played his last game in Miami as they can’t seem to reach an agreement but it’s still early
In the off-season. He definitely hasn’t played his last game In the NBA as he’s told multiple sources that he is ready for next season. The team has exercised the player options on Mario Chalmers, Rashard Lewis and James jones so we will definitely be seeing them next season in heat uniforms. But they need to really focus on getting back Chris Anderson aka birdman and Ray Allen because they were big factors this season. Anderson was probably the best pickup out of all the teams last season. It’s crazy just to think that Miami will be going for a three peat next season. And that next season could be Miami’s big three last together as they could be restricted free agents after next season which I don’t think they will but that’s a possibility. Why would they leave a dynasty which they have started, they wouldn’t. All I can say regarding the future Is back to back to back? I mean Lebron promised 7 didn’t he?

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With the series tied at one game a piece, the NBA finals are headed to San Antonio where the Miami Heat look to take the upper hand in the series.
A win in San Antonio would be a big move by the Heat since the San Antonio Spurs stole game one in Miami due to Tony Parkers rambunctious platy. Miami has been in the position before, just last year the same time when Oklahoma City stole game one in Miami.
The Heat have more than enough capability to become back to back champs with their big three. Yet, Its not what the big three do that’s going to help Miami win the most, its the production from bench players like Chris Anderson, Norris Cole and Ray Allen that will help seal the deal for Miami.
Anderson, also know as Birdman will probably be the biggest factor of them all. He is known as the enforcer and in my opinion is probably the best defensive player on the team other than the king himself Lebron James.
Another factor to this series will also be how much production comes from Dwyane Wade, he has been declining lately, but the fans who are watching seem to be pretty uptight about his performance, lets not forget that he is still one of the best we have just been so accustomed to his style of play that he is no longer capable of producing due to knee injuries and so fourth.
This series to me will end up being another long tough fought battle for Miami and it could end up going six or seven games.


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The NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony  is one step closer to moving on to the second round of the playoffs since joining the New York Knicks.

The Knicks who earlier in the season beat the Boston Celtics out of top seed in the Atlantic Division have now put the pressure back on Celtics as the Knicks took game one in New York, 85-78 as the heated rivalry between the two teams continues.  Anthony who averaged a league leading 28.7 points per game during the regular season started out his postseason as he’s done all season exploding for points, 36 to be exact. Anthony also contributed with six rebounds, four steals and one assist.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that we got our first win of the series here on our home court, took care of that business, It was real important for us to come out and get this first win,” said Anthony who lead the Knicks to their first 1-0 playoff start since the 200-2001 NBA post season.

If it wasn’t for Anthonys’ quick start to the game and late burst this series could belong to the Celtics, who are without All star point guard Rajon Rondo.

J.R smith was also a key to success for the Knicks as he added 15 points and 5 rebounds.

The Celtics looked to Jeff Green as they kept up with New York for most of the game. Green who lead Boston with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists was helped by team captain Paul Pierce who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 rebounds and a steal.

If Boston wants to win the series, which probably won’t happen they need a better performance from big man Kevin Garentt who played 37 minutes and only scored 8 points. Again the older Celtics are showing their age, they aren’t doing as expected when you compare them to the oldest team in the league, the San Antonio Spurs. This will be an interesting series to watch as the pressure is now on Boston